A Harrisonville alderman is stepping down from the board after he announced Monday that he will no longer live within city limits.
Josh Stafford, who represented Ward 4, submitted his resignation to the mayor, city administrator and city attorney before Monday night’s regular board meeting at City Hall. He was elected more than two years ago.
Stafford publicly announced his resignation toward the end of meeting on Monday. The alderman said he recently sold his home and is moving out of city limits, and will no longer be residing within his ward.
“I want to say thank you to the people who elected me. It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of Harrisonville,” Stafford said, addressing the officials and residents. “I don’t have any plans to leave the Harrisonville area, I’ll just not be inside city limits. I’ll be continuing to look for ways to stay involved in the community and continue to serve.”
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In his report at the end of the night, Mayor Brian Hasek thanked Stafford for his time serving on the board of aldermen. The mayor’s thanks were followed by a round of applause from citizens in the audience.
“It takes a lot to put yourself out there, to do one of these jobs. It’s a selfless job,” Hasek said. “You probably get more criticism than you do compliments, but I think the people that sign up...they’re wanting to help the city in one way or another. So Josh, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service, and I wish you luck.”
The mayor will be expected to appoint someone to fill the vacancy in Ward 4.
According to the city code, the mayor can appoint someone who meets the necessary qualifications to fill a vacant seat with the majority approval of the remaining members of the board until the next regular municipal election. The next municipal election will be April 3, 2018.
Aldermen are scheduled to meet again for a regular session at 7 p.m. July 17 at City Hall.